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In a day, there are many 5 minute slots appear, in between our work, where we feel, "let's stop the work and relax for 5-10 minutes". And specially during these, mind drags us to some unwanted direction/activities. Now how can we utilise such short free times where we can relax as well as connect to Krsna ? What is the best way to execute "smaranam" process - what to think of ?
Hare Krishna ,All Glories To Srila Prabhupada
Pick a Picture of Krishna ,Get accustomed to seeing it everytime keep it at your home and also on your Office Table , You could also get a Copy printed to carry in the pocket . This way youll remember this picture of Krishna (Smaranam). Hope i Helped .
Thanks for that beautiful suggestion. But my mind is still impure, it moves on even though eye is fixed on pic. Therefore looking for options which can be implemented with the needed impact.
So more clarification needed :
Is remembering stories too part of smaranam process ? If yes, then remembering what kind of stories can be called as part of smaranam process ?
e.g. Is remembering the stories of Pandava's life struggle equivalent to remebering Krsna, can that be categorised as smaranam process ? Can someone help on this ?
What else can be part of smaranam process ?
Personally I like to listen to bhajans in my mobile when i get free time. I also watch Ramayana and jai shree krishna serial by ramanand sagar...for me the songs in these TV shows promote excellent remembrance of Krishna...having paintings also helps remembers lord...prabhupada bhajans very powerful...i think of the deities and do aarti in mind when other stuff not possible....you can picture youself cleaning the temple..mental seva also accepted.
Thank you for these inputs.
One can engage eyes, ears, hands, etc. in the service, but as long as mind do not serve, that long the goal would not be achieved.
One need to learn correctly how to focus the mind on Lord by strictly following one of processes revealed in scriptures :
SB 3.28: Kapila’s Instructions on the Execution of Devotional Service
Thank you Prabhu for the great advice.
Hare Krsna Prabhuji,
The best way to execute the "smaranam process" is to chant attentively. When we chant our rounds properly, automatically, we are in the mood to remember KRsna.
What I have seen people do is - they will keep some small books with them in their office drawer, and read in this 5 min break. Depends on what is the interest of the sadhaka - some like to read, some to listen, some to associate....
So if reading is your preference, you can keep small books with you and read one page whenever you have time.
If listening is your preference, then it gets a little difficult in office. Maybe you could keep mahamantra on phone and listen on headphones.
If association is your interest, then maybe come to a forum like this, read and/ or discuss online.
Lunchtime, make it a point to eat within 10 min and spend the rest of the time reading, or chanting or listening to lectures.
Everything is possible if the desire is there prabhuji.
You could also speak with devotees over phone or on whatsapp, giving or taking association, depending on your situation.
Radha Rasamayi DD
Thanks for the beautiful advice and inspiration. I need to bring in more discipline and attentiveness in my doings.
There are variety of ways one can execute this. I suggest perhaps hearing Srimad Bhagavatam online, or Nectar of Devotion. Many lectures are available on YouTube by HDG Srila Prabhupada. Especially if limited on time, they are short and effective and can help focus while working or taking a break. Devotional bhajans can be heard as well, as well as associating with devotees as one mataji suggested. Anything that aids us in our remembrance of Krsna can greatly enhance our spiritual life even when we are busy. Hope I answered your inquiry.
Thanks a lot Prabhuji.
Radhe Radhe Prakash ji
Very nice thought. This shows your attachment to Krishna.
"Je krishna bhaje , se boro chatur" (one who chants Krishna is very clever) and hence you want to make the most utilization of the time we waste.
The Gaudiya Vaishnavism is the best school of Philosophy and supports us in the same thought you expresseed. Our Prem Siddhanta Acharya Srila Narottam Das Thakur, says "Smarane bhavibe jaha Siddha Dehe paibe taha" (what ever we practice in our Smaran we will get that only in our Siddha Deha (transcendental body))
Our different Acharyas have regularized the Ashta kalin leela smaran -8 time doing the exercise you had expressed. about the different time of day based leela of Gauranga and Govinda.
The best knowledge of the same can be found from the scripture Gaur Govinda Leelamrita Gutika.
I hope I am able to reply to your query.
Thank you for this great information. I will read more on this. Hope by God's grace I too can take shelter of it slowly.